[Strategies for Success - Smart fundraising ideas from Hartsook]

July 18, 2018

The Team You Want in Your Corner

imageWhen it began over thirty years ago, Hartsook’s vision and aspiration to grow a strong and formidable company was never based on breadth of experience alone, but also on a depth of expertise in a multitude of areas.

Our firm, our consultants and our clients have benefited from our philosophy of serving clients of all sizes and sectors from all over the world. Because we don’t serve just one kind of client in one geographic area, our consultants have seen it all.

Much like enlisting a doctor who has performed thousands of surgeries versus one just get started, Hartsook is the team you want in your corner. We have weathered several national economic booms and busts and helped our clients raise money no matter the cycle. We have helped clients transition from obscurity to becoming a name brand, and helped others navigate the difficult days following less-than-than-positive news.

Nothing throws us off.

During more than three decades, we have served over 6,000 clients, helping them raise over $231 billion… and counting. Our consultants have worked with large and small organizations with missions related to the arts, education, social services, health care, recreation, religion, youth services, environmental issues and others in the States and abroad.

In short, we know what we’re doing, and we have a track record to prove it, but you don’t have to take my word for it:

Accessible and connected
Brenda Neal, Executive Director; Kelly Sampson, Development Director, Open Avenues: “We have worked with Hartsook for more than a decade and continue to value their experience and advice. The entire team is always accessible, willing to help with anything, and full of new, creative approaches to fundraising. It always amazes me how connected they are within our community given that they aren’t local. They are an incredible partner.”

Quick to respond and assist in between consultations
Debbie Bass, MPA, CFRE, Vice President of Development, National World War I Museum and Memorial: “The Hartsook team provides invaluable campaign consultation in addition to feasibility studies, prospect research, case statement development, writing, and lay-out, and staff and board trainings. Hartsook staff are quick to respond and assist in between consultations, too. I’ve grown professionally while working with Hartsook. They help organization exceed their campaign goals. I’d highly recommend Hartsook for its fundraising expertise.”

Realizing more than our anticipated goal
Offered Brenda Sooter, Former Executive Director, Kansas Learning Center for Health: “Hartsook provided guidance for our successful capital campaign – realizing more than our anticipated goal. They introduced us to new foundations that provided unanticipated funding. The enthusiastic and friendly Hartsook staff members were committed to our mission and our success. Without their leadership our organization would not be open today. We are forever grateful!”

Bob Hartsook, Founder and Chairman (Wrightsville Beach, N.C.) [email protected]

logoJoin Us on the Growing Philanthropy Tour

Next stops on the road to achieving Hartsook’s mission of growing philanthropy by 25 percent in the next 20 years:

Richmond, Va.
July 18-19, 2018

2018 Virginia Fund Raising Institute Conference
Successful Campaigns: Raising Million-Dollar Gifts
Karin Cox
John Warren
Lead Sponsor: Hartsook

Kansas City
August 15, 2018

Nonprofit Connect
Relationship Fundraising 3.0
Adrian Sargeant

San Francisco
August 17, 2018

2018 Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics
Field Experiments in Environmental and Resources Economics
John List

Clayton, Australia
August 23-31, 2018
Monash University
John List

Washington, D.C.
August 29-31, 2018
Boy Scouts of America Top Hands

Chicago
September 11, 2018

2018 University of Chicago
Science of Diversity & Inclusion Initiative Conference
John List

Indianapolis
September 19-20, 2018
Science of Philanthropy Initiative Conference 2018
John List

Kansas City
September 26-29, 2018
American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting
Donor-Focused Fundraising: Letting Research Guide Your Organization’s Philanthropy
Matthew J. Beem
Debbie Bass, National WWI Museum and Memorial

Boston, Mass.
October 5-6, 2018
Boston University
Advances with Field Experiments
John List

Basel, Switzerland
October 16-18, 2018
University of Basel
8th Bernoulli Lecture for the Behavioral Sciences
John List

London
February 7-8, 2019

LSE Annual Behavioural Public Policy Lecture
Grantham Centre
John List

Past Stops on the Tour


Resources for Smart Fundraising Available on Kindle

Keep up to date on the latest fundraising trends with the Kindle ASR Media collection:

  • Reality Fundraising – Ideas, insights and lessons learned through hundreds of best practices from nonprofit professionals nationwide by Bob Hartsook
  • Fundraising Leadership – The definitive source for empowering board members to become pro-active fundraising leaders by Karin L. Cox
  • Getting Your Ducks in a Row – A tool box of strategies for effective campaign fundraising by Bob Hartsook
  • Million Dollar Gifts – Real-life stories of million-dollar gifts that will amaze and inspire your fundraising by Bob Hartsook
  • Closing that Gift – “29 secrets” to closing a gift and avoiding the top 10 solicitation mistakes by Bob Hartsook
  • Performance-Driven Fundraising – Handy, yet entertaining reference tool for new and seasoned fundraisers by Matthew J. Beem
  • Nobody Wants to Give Money Away! – Stories, humor and more than two decades of fundraising experience in which Bob explores the nine fundraising truths essential to success by Bob Hartsook
  • On The Money! – An enlightening collection of success stories and lessons learned from nonprofit fundraising campaigns nationwide by Bob Hartsook
  • $231 Billion Raised and Counting – by Bob Hartsook, Matthew J. Beem, Karin Cox and over a dozen Hartsook consultants and clients. Hartsook shares stories and “Strategies for Success” that will educate and inspire

Book of the Month

imageGetting Your Ducks in a Row! Proven Strategies for Exceeding Your Capital, Endowment and Operating Campaign Goals (ASR Media) brings together authors and resources, providing a toolbox of strategies for campaign fundraising. Go here to order the book.

On the Web

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Strategies for Success explores smart ideas, connecting with thousands of fundraising professionals. We welcome your best practices contributions or comments. Send to Strategies for Success editor Karin Cox, [email protected]. If you’d like a free subscription to Strategies for Success or its monthly companion, eHartsook on Philanthropy, contact [email protected].